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International Women’s Day: Service Joins Efforts to Break the Bias

On International Women’s Day (8 March), Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is celebrating the contribution of all women who perform a range of vital roles across the Service as part of a global campaign to #BreaktheBias.

Staff from across various teams and councillors from Royal Berkshire Fire Authority (RBFA) have joined the campaign, which aims to create a gender equal world, free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

Councillor Colin Dudley, Chairman of the RBFA, said: “I’m very proud of the hard work and dedication demonstrated by women in all roles across the fire and rescue service.

“Alongside their colleagues, their incredible work exemplifies the best of Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Today is a valuable opportunity for us to raise awareness of the rewarding careers that are available for all in the fire and rescue service.”

Although women make up a significant proportion of support and Control roles, they are under-represented in firefighting roles and RBFRS would like more women to consider applying for these highly rewarding, skilled and fulfilling positions.

With this in mind, a series of Have a Go events were recently announced, aimed at encouraging woman and people from ethnic minority backgrounds to consider a career in the Fire Service.

The Service is also currently recruiting on-call firefighters. Although these staff are not based on fire stations, they usually live or work within 6-8 minutes of their local on-call fire station and are ready to respond to any emergency when required.

You can read more about the requirements to become an on-call firefighter and which stations are hiring on our On-Call recruitment page.To find out more about careers in Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, please visit our careers page.